Hog Island Boa

Scientific Name: Boa Constrictor Ssp

Hog Island Boa

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The Boa constrictor ssp, alternatively known as Hog Island Boa, is in the boa species. These snakes originate from the Cayos Cochinos Islands and their level of compatibility is average. The Hog Island species have a lifespan of about fifteen years when in captivity. People normally refer to this snake by its common name, which is boa-Hog Island; this is a common thing with all boats except the boa constrictor constrictor. Other common names include Hog Island Boa and the Hog Island Boa. People mostly confuse the Hog Island Boas with Clouded Boas due to its small structure; this species of boas are easy to maintain because they have less demands in terms of care. The average length of an adult Hog Island Boa ranges between four feet and six feet; the female boas are larger than male boas. The tails of these snakes are mainly orange though for those placed in captivity they appear pink. Some Hog Island Boas have dark grey or cream coats, which have dark brown patterns on them. During the day, they slither to the bottom of a tree to rest especially dawn and in the afternoon.

Hog Island Boas Are Beautiful Creatures

Hog Island Boa

Facts About Hog Island Boas

Geographic Location

These snakes are common in the Cayos Cochinos Islands, which are a group of islands that also include Hog Island.


The islands of Cayos los Cochinos


During the day, the coats of these snakes become lighter and at night, they tint to a darker shade. These species are docile though they hiss and may strike or bite; they are not naturally ferocious unless they perceive danger. This is quite unlike some boas, which play dead when they perceive danger. During the day, they slither to the bottom of a tree to rest especially in the afternoon. They also feed a lot during summer; they feed on rats and other small mammals.


They have the ability to change the coloring of their scales, from being very light and almost white to a greyish and darker shade. This change in color can occur at any time, maybe depending on the temperature, the hour of the day and the well-being of the snake. My female Hog Island boa can be in her darkest color and at the same time as the male is in his lightest, or vice versa.


The Hog Island Boa is a small sized boa; the females reaching only 6 feet (200cm) and the males are significantly smaller. After many generations in captivity they have begun to get bigger, both longer and not as slender as the original ones. This could probably be an adaption to bigger and more frequent prey. My female boa is 5.3 feet (160cm) and four years old. The male is 3.9 feet (120cm) and three years old and has less than half the girth of the female. The size is not the only difference between males and females. The males have spurs on both sides of the cloaca. The spurs (pelvic spurs) are remnants of legs since the lizard days. The males use the spurs to scratch the female during courting.

Hog Island Boa
Snakes can’t bite food so they have to swallow it whole.